The Clippers were determined get something for Paul rather than lose him for nothing, sources told ESPN.
The trade was first reported by The Vertical.
Paul, 32, individually has met every expectation since the Clippers acquired him in a 2011 trade with New Orleans.
Since the deal, he’s made First-Team All-NBA three times, Second-Team All-NBA two times and First-Team All-Defensive five times. He’s averaged 18.7 points, 9.8 assists and 2.4 steals over the six seasons.
But the Clippers’ shortcoming during that span has been playoff success. Despite stars like Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, as well as the addition in 2013 of Doc Rivers as coach, Los Angeles hasn’t made it out of the second round in the last six seasons, and lost in the first round each of the last two years.
Paul was ranked No. 3 on the list of top available free agents this offseason compiled by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.